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Canadian Rhythmic Gymnasts to attend World Championships in Pesaro, Italy

These World Championships, the first since 2015, will be where new stars will emerge on the rhythmic gymnastics scene following the retirement of numerous top gymnasts after the Rio Olympic Games. Two gymnasts per country are invited to the Individual competition — for Whelan and Uchida, this will be their second appearance at a World Championships having made their debut at the 2015 World Championships. 

In the group competition, 2015 World Championships veteran Vanessa Panov of Toronto will bring her experience to the floor with the rest of group, composed of Elizabet Belittchenko, Renna Cukier, Cleo Page, Anastasia Shanko, and Alexandra Udachina as they look to qualify a quota spot for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo (the NOCs ranked 1st to 3rd from the group all-around will qualify a quota spot for Tokyo). The 2019 World Championships and 2020 World Cup series for individual and Continental Championships will decide the final qualifications to Tokyo.

“Our team has competed in several World Cups this year achieving certain goals and personal bests in preparation for Pesaro,” said Teresa Orr, national team director for rhythmic gymnastics at Gymnastics Canada. “For our final preparations we need to push for performance consistency and building on the confidence and positivity that has been developing with the team in the last few months. With the numerous hours of individual/group training and competitions, it all comes down to performance on demand.

What: 35th FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships
Where: Pesaro, Italy
When: August 30 – September 4, 2017
Social: #2017RhythmicWorlds 


Individual Athletes

  • Carmen Whelan, Aurora, ON – Silhouettes of York
  • Katherine Uchida, Toronto, ON – Jusco RG

Group Athletes

  • Elizabet Belittchenko, Toronto, ON – Salut RG
  • Renna Cukier, Kitchener, ON – RGC Expressia
  • Cleo Page, Ottawa, ON – ORGC
  • Vanessa Panov, Toronto, ON – Finesse RG
  • Anastasia Shanko, Toronto, ON – Trillium RG
  • Alexandra Udachina, Toronto, ON – Trillium RG 


  • Aug 30: Individual Qualifications – Hoop & Ball; Finals – Hoop & Ball
  • Aug 31: Individual Qualifications – Clubs & Ribbon; Finals – Clubs & Ribbon
  • Sept 1: Individual All-Around Final (24 athletes)
  • Sept 2: Group Qualifications – 5Hoops & 3 balls/2ropes; All-Around Competition
  • Sept 3: Group Finals – 5 Hoops & 3 Balls/2 Ropes


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For more information, contact:

Julie Forget
Director, Communications and Marketing
Gymnastics Canada
Phone: 613.748.5637 Ext. 233
Cell: 819.210.2064


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